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Tytuł: Memory performance in William Golding’s “Envoy Extraordinary”
Autorzy: Pawlicki, Marek
Słowa kluczowe: memory
Data wydania: 2016
Data dodania: 27-lis-2017
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 15 (4/2016), pp. 19-29
Abstrakt: William Golding’s fascination with history is evident both in his essays and his novels. In an essay titled “Digging for Pictures” he observes that one of the main driving forces in his work as an amateur archaeologist was his desire for “a connection with the past.” Knowing Golding’s preoccupation with history, it should come as no surprise that he is also deeply interested in the means by which people represent the past to themselves – both the distant past, which they did not witness, and the past that belongs to their subjective experience. The aim of this article is to analyse Golding’s “Envoy Extraordinary”, the third novella published in The Scorpion God. The article begins with the discussion of recollective memory, concentrating on the notion of “memory performance.” It then applies this concept to the analysis of chosen passages from Golding’s novella in order to show the relational aspect of memory. The discussion emphasizes the important role of emotions in the recollection process, both in spoken and written discourse: emotions make autobiographical discourse seem more authentic, and they provide narrative continuity between the subject’s past and present selves. Those observations are made in the context of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions, and Golding’s autobiographical texts, most importantly, his essay “The English Channel” from his collection The Hot Gates.
Afiliacja: University of Silesia in Katowice
Nota biograficzna: Marek Pawlicki is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures of the Silesian University. He has published a critical study of J.M. Coetzee’s prose Self-Reflexivity in the Chosen Works of J.M. Coetzee (2013) and articles on the works of Nadine Gordimer, John Banville, Anne Enright and Colm Tóibín. His current research is on memory and confessional discourse in contemporary British fiction.
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2016.15.4.02
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2016, Issue 15

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